With just over two weeks already gone in 2018, I thought I’d share a sneak preview of what I expect will be a busy, productive year! Personally, I will be looking at some big changes as I start to wind down my active career over the next 3 years toward retirement. This includes finishing several projects in 2018 that have been ongoing for quite some time, including renting out the farm to two of my able employees, Seth and Chad.
One of the projects I’ve been working on for a few years is donating a part of our farm to establish an organic research institute. Last year I applied for a grant to help start the process and hope to hear about it by the end of the month. I’ve also been working on a documentary film about our farm, organic agriculture and the KAMUT® project, which will be premiering soon. (Stay tuned!) And by the end of the year I’m hoping to have finished a book describing what we’ve done to remove the value of wheat over the last half-century and what we can do to recover that value. This particular project means a great deal to me and I’ve found an excellent co-author to help me work a lifetime of experience into an informative first draft. Now we just have to find a publisher.
And, after years of planning and discussion, I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t extremely excited about the First International Conference of Wheat Landraces for Healthy Food Systems this July in Bologna, Italy. I’m hoping it will attract participants from all over the world.
Naturally, there will be all the great food shows and conferences to attend, as well as lectures to speak at, mainly in North America and Europe. And there may be a few lobbying trips to Washington DC. (More on that later.) I will also continue to monitor our medical research comparing ancient and modern wheat in Italy, while launching a similar endeavor here in the states.
That said, I’m hoping to reduce my travel in favor of a few more skiing, fishing and camping adventures close to home with the grandkids, as well as participating in more of their events.
I have started this year the way I’ve started most years: full of hope, optimism and lots of big plans.
I’ll be sure to keep you posted as these plans develop and evolve over the coming months, so be sure to check back! I wish all of you a very happy, healthy and successful New Year and hope your plans and dreams will turn out as you hope.